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coastline. it's going to pick up. the clouds are turning white here enhancing as it approaches the coast so we'll have good rainfall out of that today. it's going to get going especially in the morning hours. so if you are heading out this morning, plan on another cold wet day. this afternoon, 40s and 50s, isolated thunderstorms. you got the hail, too. and yes, snow down to about 2500, 3,000 feet right here on our local mountains. time to get a traffic check with elizabeth. >> all right. thank you, lawrence. yeah, we're trying to monitor the biggest hot spots out there right now because unfortunately, the accident reports continue to come in. one reported in northbound 280 approaching highway 85. so right around this area right there in cupertino. right now, coming out of downtown san jose, traffic moving okay but we'll keep you updated on that accident there. another one just coming in in -- unfortunately a bad commute spot westbound 580 before the 24 interchange heading into the macarthur maze so not sure
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about lanes blocked in any of these areas yet. but we'll continue to watch it. in the meantime at the bay bridge toll plaza, just got a high wind advisory affect across the span but so far no sign of any metering lights and and no delay right now heading into san francisco. here's the golden gate bridge. looks pretty good through here, as well. no problems, no incidents through marin county but maybe another great day to use mass transit. like i said, just a lot of slow traffic. is back to you. >> thank you. you can keep track of weather on our website, cbssf.com. the bay bridge construction project is ahead of schedule. let's go to anne makovec, she is near the bay bridge to tell us what changes drivers can expect and good morning. we are getting used to these changes, aren't we? >> reporter: that's right. we have had several phases of the construction project that's been going on for years. you can see all the progress
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here behind me. let me step out and you can check out this beautiful shot. we have the current bay bridge and then the new bay bridge being built alongside it and the tall tower there, about 500 feet tall. and that is where the new span is going to be anchored. well, of course, they need to move all of the traffic that's currently moving alongside of it to the new span once they have it completed so today we are going to find out more about exactly how they are going to do that when it comes to detours and lanes realignment. the suspension tower, they were putting some of the finishing touches on that late last year. here's a look at some of that construction. of course the purpose of all of this is for seismic retrofitting to make sure the bay bridge is safe when the next big earthquake comes. the price tag of the whole project, $5.5 billion. the new eastern span isn't expected to open to traffic in both directions until 2013 but as sidney said, they have been
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running ahead of schedule so today we are expected to get a sneak preview of what is going to be coming in the next few months as far as the detours and lane changes. sydnie? >> all right, anne. thank you very much, anne makovec at the bay bridge. tonight, president obama coming to the bay area meeting with heavyweights from the tech industry. a private dinner will be at a home in san francisco. the group is expected to discuss the president's tech agenda, jobs, education and innovation part of his effort to reach out to the business community. the white house hasn't released the guest list but it's said to include facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg as well as executives from cisco systems, intel and google. oakland police tell us they have no suspects for a triple shooting near interstate 880 and 98th avenue. three people were wounded on hunter avenue about 8:45 p.m. last night, the victims two men and a woman. two were shot on the street,
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the other was in a car. they are all expected to survive. commander of a special drug task force under arrest this morning accused of selling the very drugs that he was supposed to be keeping off the streets. christin ayers is in martinez where the suspects are in jail. she joins us now live from martinez. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that top commander that you spoke about normal wielsch is behind bars here at the contra costa jail accused of selling drugs that had been rounded up in narcotics busts. cbs 5 has spoken to wielsch on a number of occasions after drug busts. he is, as you said, a commander for cnet, that's the central contra costa count task force. they said he told meth, steroids and marijuana from confiscated drugs. he was arrested selling them to an undercover informant in what's referreds to' buy-bust. there is no telling how many drug cases could be compromised because of his arrest.
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>> i don't know again how far back these allegations go. if we're talking a couple of years of case, that's a huge undertaking. we'll have to look at every case that cnet was involved in. >> reporter: wielsch may not have been doing this alone. his alleged partner in crime was this man, chris butler. he is a high-profile private investigator who had appeared on dr. phil's and is a long- time friend of wielsch's. they are facing more than a million dollars in bail. this investigation is continuing. >> thank you, christin ayers in martinez. it is 6:07. a former airline employee busted at san jose's airport. the fraud she allegedly committed making her very rich. plus, plans for the high- speed rail in our state could be derailed. how support could fall because of what florida did. because we're having fun
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story we have rain around the corner the bay area again folks. showers picking up in the north bay. check it out, good rain in towards santa rosa. sonoma, petaluma, lots of rain in that direction. and it looks like more to come on and off throughout the day today as those showers just going to continue to multiply as we have some very unsettled weather making its way overhead. possibility of more thunderstorms, we have wind and rain and it looks like plenty more to come. more on your weather in just a bit. >> we have it all, lawrence. a whole lot of radar green going on. a former american airlines ticket agent is accused of ring off almost a half million dollars -- ripping off almost half a million dollars from passengers. micheline johnson of concord is said to be behind a sophisticated credit card skimming operation that dates back three years. they say she stole information
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off cards and used it to create counterfeit cards. investigators say she used those bogus cards then at safeway grocery stores where she bought gift cards for use at other retailers. >> the victims were actually located throughout the country. there were several santa clara county and bay area victims. but a large number of the victims were just people from the country that happened to fly through san jose mineta international airport. >> investigators say it was a former boyfriend of johnson's who tipped off safeway about the alleged scam. johnson is charged with 66 felony counties. two women convicted of posing as san bruno fire victims will not get any more jail time. the two women have been placed on three years probation for trying to receive free benefits after the pipeline explosion. yesterday, though, a judge also gave them credit for time served. prosecutors had asked for 16
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month,. prosecutors say 6 people from bell will stand trial after facing felony charges for allegedly making huge salaries. the judge ordered the mayor and five councilmembers to stay away from city hall. that shuts down the city's city council until next month's elections. a defense attorney says the six are not guilty. 6:12 your time. it's now up to california. why there is even more doubt about the future of a high- speed rail line. >> and a surprise discovery, the new research that may suggest a cure for baldness. and it is a white knuckle drive so far this morning. we have wind advisories, standing water and two new spinouts coming in from the south bay. all the details coming up. ♪
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lightning strikes early on today pockets of hail, gusty winds and even snow across some of other peaks. so it's going to be a wild day around the bay area. out the door, plan on stormy weather. high surf advisory continuing out toward the coastline. this afternoon, maybe catching a couple of sunny breaks in between the clouds but then here come the thunderstorms rumbling on by to keep things going. so we have had showers but now it's about to pick up. you can see this next batch of moisture off the coastline, that's going to start to push onshore. so the rain is it going to be picking up throughout the morning hours here in the bay area and, yup, it is going to stay unsettled not only today but probably into tomorrow too as this whole trough is going to sit along the west coast. so with that in mind, computer models picking up on the showers moving through some moderate amounts of rainfall into parts of the north bay. the santa cruz mountains could be particularly heavy hit especially as we head into the early afternoon. a lot of rain around the bay area, an inch in the north bay, inch in the peninsula, cruz mountains up to 2" of rain as we head into the afternoon in the santa cruz mountains.
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cool, too. 40s and 50s for highs in the mountains, snow levels down to 2500 feet. so yeah, light dusting of snow out there, as well. next couple of days things begin to settle down although we are left with showers tomorrow, maybe into saturday morning. more rain returns to the bay area come monday and tuesday. that's a look at weather. elizabeth is busy in the traffic department. >> i'm making maps for all the incidents that come into our newsroom. but first let's take a live look outside. here's a live look at traffic crossing the bay bridge. we have another high wind advisory in effect for the bridge this morning. in fact, pretty much all of our bridges across the bay area, very windy start and wet start, as well. at last check the metering lights have not been turned on. let's go to our maps. show you what the approaches to the bay bridge look like. right now, the ramp westbound 580 at eastbound 24 blocked because of a crash. solo spinout. right now here's live look at
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the bay bridge toll plaza. no delays heading into 16. we are waiting -- into san francisco. we are waiting for them to turn on the metering lights. an accident in cupertino northbound 280 before highway 85. it sounds like one right lane blocked there. chp is working four to five different incidentses across the south bay. we threw up a map to show you where some of those different problem spots are. this is the issue. check out this camera of 880 through oakland. our cameras have been going crazy this morning with all the wind out there. those taillights, that is northbound traffic heading up towards downtown oakland. drive time not impacted so far but this is the morning to take it slow. use mass transit. we have been really watching bart and ace and muni. so far everything is reported on time. now, if you are heading up to the sierra, you may want to wait a little bit. but chains are required. no surprise here. beautiful camera shots, though. here's interstate 80 near truckee. but yeah, chains are required on interstate 80, highways 50
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and 88. if you are hitting the roads this morning,. >> remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. that's our traffic. back to you guys. >> thank you. let's take a check of today's top stories. there is a chance that the new eastern span of the bay bridge will be ready sooner than expected. a news conference this morning will provide an update on the project. it's currently scheduled for completion in 2013. the next ruling concerning proposition 8 will come from a california supreme court probably later this year. a federal court is deciding whether the ban on same-sex marriage is legal. the state court will rule on whether prop 8 supporters can defend the measure in court. a drug cop is charged with stealing confiscated drugs to sell them. the commander of the central contra costa narcotics enforcement team was caught in a sting as was a friend of his accused of selling the stolen drugs. they are both in jail in
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martinez. attention, honda owners out there. a major recall has been announced. it affects nearly 700,000 vehicles worldwide. at issue a defective spring part that may cause the engine to stall in the fit, freed and city compact cars. so far no accidents have been reported. about 122,000 cars are being recalled here in north america. florida has become the latest state to cancel its high- speed rail project. now it's raising questions about the fate of california's bullet train. the florida cancellation could mean an extra $2 billion in federal money for california's high-speed train between the bay area and southern california. but long term the florida decision could cast doubt on whether california can keep costs under control. ohio, wisconsin, iowa have cancelled similar projects. it is 6:21. more bad news if you like to drink soda. why there is a push to ban certain chemicals. >> plus, she has lived through two world wars, two
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morning commute. we'll give you the latest hot spots all coming up in traffic. >> we can blame it on the rain. researchers studying stress hormones may have stumbled upon the cure for hair loss. ucla scientists were investigating how stress affects mice. they treated them with a compound that blocks stress in their gut. months later they found that the bald mice had regrown their fur. how about that. also young mice who were given the treatment never went bald. scientists say they are still years away though from trying it out on us guys. food police are raising a red flag about soft drinks. a watch group is calling for an fda ban on the caramel coloring that makes some food brown. the center for science in the public interest says chemicals in the artificial coloring can cause cancer. the beverage industry says the claims are not based on sound science and the group is unnecessarily raising the fears of consumers. it must have cost a lot for
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the candles. cecilia laurent just celebrated her 115th birthday. she looks fabulous! she is believed to be the oldest woman in the world. she recently left her native haiti after last year's earthquake and moved to her grandson's home in canada. her family has a little idea about how she has lived so long. >> i think it's her relationship with god. she is praying a lot every day. she can pray 10 times, 15 times a day and she is always laughing. >> her family says cecilia likes watching television and action movies like spider-man. >> no kidding! she was born in 1895. >> she looks great. >> we better start praying, i guess huh? time now 16 -- time now is 6:26. how one bay area county pledges to solve cold cases faster. and coming up, a top
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narcotics cop behind bars. we'll tell you what led to his arrest. more progress on the bay bridge. we are expecting to learn more today about some of the route and lane changes that will come along with it, coming up next. it's a stormy start to the day again. get ready for some wild weather, folks. we'll talk about it coming up. ♪ [ male announcer ] not all steel is created equal. not all manufacturing processes are created equal. not all engineering standards are created equal. which is why not all luxury vehicles are created equal. the hard way means never taking short cuts. the hard way is how lexus inspires absolute confidence. this is the pursuit of perfection.
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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. good morning, everybody. it is thursday, february 17th. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm sydnie kohara. your time coming up on 6:30. and we are in for another stormy day. so let's go to lawrence in the cbs 5 weather center to take a look at the hi-def doppler and who is getting hit hardest right now. lawrence. >> looks like the focus right now all around the bay area. we have scattered showers, we are seeing a lot of those showers making their way in toward the san jose area. if you are headed in this direction, expect it to be wet. kind of getting a break along the peninsula right now but there is more rain to come. the heaviest amounts of rainfall showing up in parts of the north bay and you can see it there, lots of yellow on the screen and more of that to come. we are likely to see some isolated thunderstorms and unstable atmosphere overhead. off the coast there is a comma shape in the clouds. this is a system that's just
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about to move onshore right here. and as it pushes on in, we are going to watch things get going here throughout the morning hours. so expect it to be a stormy morning, cloudy with rain the possibility of some isolated thunderstorms, some hail. we are now looking at delays at sfo. we have a high surf advisory along the coastline. get the idea it's going to be one of those days. by the afternoon, maybe a couple of sunny breaks but still plenty of rain in between and a possibility of more thunderstorms outside. of course, this all makes for a messy day out on the roads. elizabeth is here with a very, very busy day. >> it's been crazy busy. that thunder and lightning was wild this morning, as well. all right. here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. they just turned the metering lights on a little while ago so of course, we are starting to see our usual backups. the only good thing with this is that we were seeing some standing water in those middle lanes. well, now drivers have to particular it slower so hopefully that will be a little less treacherous there. we also have a high wind advisory in effect for the span. bay bridge, san mateo bridge, you name a bridge across the bay area, we pretty much have a high wind advisory in effect so it looks like it's backing up towards the first overcrossing
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just in the busiest lanes. five to 10 minutes to get on the span. we have seen numerous incidents across the bay area, spinouts, standing water. this is what chp is working on right now in the south bay. check this out. it's too many to really follow very closely but a lot of slow traffic out there. use extra caution this morning out of downtown san jose. this is a live look at 280 traffic right there by the 880 interchange. use mass transit, skip the roads this morning. everything is running on time. or remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. that is your traffic, back to you. >> thank you. a reminder that you can keep track of the weather in your neighborhood. just long on to cbssf.com. we have realtime hi-def doppler right on our weather page. it is 6:32. there are signs the bay bridge construction project could be finished ahead of schedule. anne makovec is near the bay bridge to tell us what changes drivers can expect. she is behind me, joins me now live. hi, anne. >> reporter: good morning. anybody who has driven across
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the bay bridge recently has no doubt noticed all of the progress that they have made over the past several months. here's a gorgeous shot here behind me. you can see the traffic moving pretty smoothly there on the current bay bridge and on the side, that tall suspension tower that is going to be the anchor of the new bay bridge. well, between now and the finishing point they have to move all of that traffic from the current bridge over to the new bridge. and that is going to involve a lot of rerouteing detours and lane changes. and today, the organizers are expected to make a big announcement on how that is going to work which we'll of course be covering for you as we have been covering the full construction process. you can see some of the video we shot that was late last year when they were doing some major work on that tower. of course, the purpose of this whole thing is seismic retrofitting. they are going to make sure that this new eastern span of the bay bridge is going to be safe in the event of our next big earthquake. it is of course a very pricey
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proposition at $5.5 billion. it's been several years in the making. the new bridge is expected to open in 2013 but we'll see a lot more progress between now and then. today we are expecting a tour if weather permits. that's the big question. but definitely going to learn more about the lane changes and detours in store within the coming months. frank? >> okay, anne makovec live right by the bay bridge, we thank you, anne. >> got rid of her umbrella. president obama visiting the bay area meeting with heavyweights from the tech industry. a private dinner will be held at a san francisco home. the group is expected to discuss the president's tech agenda as well as jobs, education and innovation. it is all part of the president's effort to reach out to the business community. the white house has not yet released the guest list but it's said to include facebook ceo mark zuckerberg as well as executives from valley giants like cisco systems, intel and google. a top drug cop is in a
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contra costa county jail this morning accused of stealing and selling drugs. christin ayers reports from martinez with how he was caught. good morning. sounds like the plot of a movie. >> reporter: it really does, sydnie. [ signal breakup ] norman wielsch is a commander of the drug task force but today he is in jail. wielsch, who often speaks to the media and has spoken to cbs 5 on a number of different occasion after drug busts is accused of selling methamphetamine, marijuana and steroids. [ signal breakup ] drugs confiscated by his officers... [ signal breakup ] ... >> okay. we apologize for that. christin ayers in martinez having some technical difficulties but again, that top drug cop busted for allegedly selling drugs and also a friend of his in jail,
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as well. we'll get the latest a little bit later on. >> mother nature not cooperate there is at all. time now 6:35. these days of massive cutbacks it's hard to believe that santa clara county district attorney jeff rosen is actually reviving his department's cold case unit. kcbs radio's matt bigler joins us from san jose with the reason behind the move. matt, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. yeah. well, the santa clara county's cold case unit was shut down in 2007 largely due to budget cuts. but now as you said, district attorney jeff rosen is reinstating the unit. he just announced this yesterday. and he is appointing one of his top prosecutors to head it up. he is also selecting a veteran interrogator formerly from the mountain view police department to be the unit's investigator. rosen tells kcbs his office will never give up on old murder and rape cases. >> we may not be able to solve every, single one of them but we're going to try and we are
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going to have some successes, and i think that's really fundamental to what a civilized society requires. >> reporter: now, the county crime lab has joined in this effort. they have committed to handle dna evidence in an expedited fashion and the various law enforcement agencies near santa clara county, the various police departments, have all signed onto a partnership and cooperation agreement that basically allows the cold case guys to open up their old case files to do their investigations. of course, there have been dozens of cold case convictions nationwide over the past 15 years largely due to the dawn of the ability to test for dna evidence. that's the latest from here in san jose. back to you guys. >> okay, matt. i'm sure a lot of the victims' families happy about that. matt bigler of kcbs radio, thank you. also in san jose, mayor chuck reed will deliver the annual state of the city address this evening. the speech is set to begin about 7:00 at the civic auditorium after a short ceremony. tonight's events will be far from festive though given the
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city's bleak financial situation. the budget deficit projected in san jose at $110 million. earlier this week, city officials said a worst-case scenario could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs in the fire and police departments there. it is 6:37. will all this rain put you in the mood for a good movie? liam mayclem is here with what's hot at the theater and other weekend fun. >> plus, it's rough going for people heading up to the sierra to do a little skiing. we have a live report on the conditions and the low snow this morning. coming up. and the market opening just about 10 minutes ago. taking a quick check of the early numbers, you see the dow jones industrial average already down in negative territory 31 points. an unemployment report coming out and it is not very encouraging. we are going to get an update from jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. ,, are yo the future? um, no. cleveland.
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snow levels have dipped as low as 25-hundred feet in some pl heavy snow coming down once again in the sierra today. snow levels have dipped as low as 2500 feet in some places and nick janes is in pollock pines which is getting the brunt of the storm. a far cry from blue canyon
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yesterday, though, my friend , huh. >> reporter: absolutely. the snow is falling in pollack points at 3400 feet. there is a lot of snow on some of these cars that haven't been touched. several inches at least. so you can get a sense of just how much has fallen here as more is on the way, of course, for the second straight day, lots of school closures and cancellations up held in el dorado county. a number of schools canceling as well as delays in starting. up highway 50 this morning, rain in placerville and right as we hit camino about 3, 000 feet the rain turned to snow n terms of actual accumulation, here in pollack points, 3400 feet, this isn't the rarest thing in the world but it is still pretty unusual, still pretty low snow as the storm is getting colder and colder and the thing, frank and sydnie, we are expecting even more snow to come. we have a winter storm warning that's going to kick in that could bring several inches to levels as low as 2,000 feet so
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we could see snow lower than this. this is something that folks are used to maybe once a year. but there is a lot of snow and wind. it's been a week. stuff after quite a dry spell. >> ic ? , yesterday you had to shovel out your news van. you still have that shovel handy, nick? >> we don't have it but we have the chains because we have the satellite truck. this is not a four wheel drive truck. so we are preparing to chain up and head further up the hill i think to find out what conditions are like a little higher up. so it should be an interesting morning. >> you could make money out there putting on chains. >> reporter: there you go. that's right. i don't know how to do it frankly. my photographer had to show me how. >> you're smart. it's a pain in the neck. let your photog do it, buy him a cup of coffee or something. >> thank you, nick janes in pollock pines. thanks very much. >> how about weather in our neck of the woods? i guess we'll get a little snow in the higher peaks.
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>> 2500, 3,000 feet. nice dusting of snow. we have cold air. this storm system the second batch of it just now making its way up to the sierra nevada. folks if you are heading in that direction, be very careful. the storm will intensify through the morning. already beginning to see more rainfall around the bay area just some lighter showers in towards san jose kind of a break in between. but to the north we go we are starting to see some of the heavier amounts of moisture beginning to move onshore. and there is more sitting off the coastline. so get ready. it's going to be a stormy day around the bay in the morning especially. and in the afternoon we'll see some sunny breaks and tapering off. out the door, clouds, thunderstorms, lightning, delays at sfo. we have a high surf advisory at the coast, waves at the beaches as high as 20 feet so big time. so stay off the rocks. toward the afternoon, maybe a couple of sunny breaks, chance of thunderstorms and a cool temperature, highs only in the 40s and the 50s. so here's your next batch of moisture off the coast about to push onshore. this will get things going throughout the morning hours
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and possibly into the early afternoon. unsettled weather will continue not only today but it looks like for tomorrow as this trough is going to sit here. computer models picking up as you see the cells move by. we have the possibility of some thunderstorms carrying with it hail as well, some gusty winds and some of that snow outside. so with that in mind, folks, yup, another inch of rain in parts of the north bay about three-quarters in the east bay and about an inch on the peninsula and as much as 2" of rain in the santa cruz mountains. temperatures, hey, pack a jacket, it will be chilly up there only highs in the 40s and 50s. next couple of days we'll keep the showers here in the bay area on friday maybe not as much as today still some showers out there maybe a couple leftover showers come saturday morning but then drying things out. more rain return coming monday and tuesday, keep things going on the wet side here in the bay area. let's get a traffic check with elizabeth. >> all right. thank you, lawrence. yeah, the bottom line is we have seen a lot of accidents a lot of spinouts so far this morning but we haven't seen anything that's caused a huge
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delay. seems like most things have been cleared to the right shoulder quickly. there are they are out there blocking one line -- they are out there blocking just one lane. the "s" curve coming into san francisco, it's wet out there. bay bridge toll plaza, backed up just after that first overcrossing. so actually for this time of the morning, traffic relatively light right now. i think a lot of people are skipping the roads, ditching the roads and sticking to mass transit instead. your drive time here down the eastshore freeway still looks good, as well. 23 minutes from the carquinez bridge to the maze. in the east bay, 24/680 we have a camera there showing us speeds are moving well. westbound 24 still looks okay towards the caldecott tunnel. but this is one accident we still continue to follow. this is westbound highway 4 at railroad. and then just seeing our usual slow traffic right now coming out of antioch. some speeds under 25 miles an hour. the marin county commute, this still looks okay southbound 101 as you head towards the golden gate bridge. you know, for most of our
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bridges, we still have these wind advisories in effect. in the south bay this is where we see a number of spinouts in like the last half hour they started blowing up our chp reports. here's just a few that chp is working on right now. it looks like at least six or seven. the winds continue to be a problem across the bay area. you can see it in this camera. this is a view from 880 through oakland. rocking and rolling this morning as you pass the coliseum but so far, so good in those northbound lanes in the commute direction as you head up towards downtown oakland. use mass transit. that is on time. and if you do hit the roads, remember our radio partners, kcbs 740-am and 106.9-fm. that's your traffic, back to you guys. >> thank you. i'm beginning to think my commute is good at 3 a.m. food and fuel two of the main factors driving up consumer prices. >> let's go to jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. jason, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, sydnie. good morning, frank. certainly feeling it in our wallets as we fill up our cars
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and go to the grocery store. we saw gas prices up 2% in january. food up half percent. inflation .4% higher than expected. we stripped those two categories out which tend to be volatile month to month and core rate was up .2% fairly flat but it was the biggest gain in more than a year. this is important as the fed looks closely at inflation. if inflation start rising more than it is, then it might have to curtail some of its stimulus programs and including its $600 billion bond buying program. saw another spike in weekly unemployment claims, as well. labor department says first time claims are up 25,000 to 410,000. four-week average which is an important trend is up just slightly over 411,000. need to those claims below 375 -- need to see those claims below 375,000 on a sustained
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basis to indicate solid job growth to knock down the unemployment rate. getting a report from radar online a celebrity gossip site that steve jobs was spotted exiting the stanford cancer center earlier this week. and that photos of that will be published in the next edition of the "national enquirer." have to take a grain of salt with a report like that and it's not being verified by apple. but investors are paying attention to that report. apple's shares are sliding on that right now. apple is down a little more than 1%. and that's $4 a share. overall the market is down. the dow is lower by 24 points. nasdaq off by 4. and the s&p is down by 3. frank and sydnie? >> all right, jason. thanks very much, jason brooks with kcbs and cbsmoneywatch.com. well, there's plenty to do over the week friend movies to chinese new year's celebrations. liam mayclem host of "eye on the bay" joins us now with all the details. you are the party man and thanks for joining us today. >> i love it. 6:50 a.m., i am the party man! [ laughter ] >> because we, you know, start
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thinking about the weekend. >> that's just because the chinese new year and it's my birthday tomorrow. enough about that. >> really? >> absolutely not. >> thank you, frank. >> no problem. let's talk movies. we begin with some action and liam neeson, my namesake, remains in the action genre for which he is becoming fast known. >> remember "taken." >> good film. i love some of the old things. schindler's list was a great movie. this guy can act. the action in this begins a little slow. but the plot does twist and turn. and then in the final hour the filmmakers have new their grip. unknown is the film about a guy with a car crash loses his memory, wife, life and then we try and spend the last hour trying to find out who this guy is. >> is this his first big movie since his wife passed away? >> "taken" came out just after. but i think he has his head down, working, everything in right now. that's probably where he wants
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to be. so i say this is a good movie. it could have been a great movie. i do recommend it, though. unknown, it opens on friday. all right. next up, chinese new year. >> a party for your birthday. >> dragons out just for me! the big party is of course this saturday. the main lunar new year's celebration is saturday from 5:15 to 8 p.m. along market street on the edge of chinatown. highlights include the colorful dragons, decorated floats, elementary school, stilt walkers and more. frank, have you been to this before? >> it's been a long time. >> biggest chinese new year's celebration. >> it is in north america. a whole load of fun saturday february 19th, all day there are things going on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the big parade in the evening. vietnamese new year in san jose, that is on sunday. year of the cat. meow. 10:00 to 5:00 a whole day of celebrations down there in san
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jose. more dragons and marching bands. but finally, i'm here to bring you some good weather news. >> oh? >> yeah. prince is bringing some purple rain to the bay area. he is singing big shows monday and wednesday at oakland arena but here's the deal. when the purple pop star comes to town, he always plays a couple of small clubs, often midnight shows, so i know you guys are always up at midnight. >> unannounced ? >> unannounced at the last minute or it's announced, you know, with twitter or it will be announced online at the 11th hour. but prince in town, monday and wednesday next week. so look out for a small show. you will want to be there because that guy rocks. finally, on "eye on the bay," it's our big eat show with 7 by 7 magazine. 100 big eats, things you have to eat in san francisco. it's a great list. we are working on that show. we'll have that for you next week. >> what is one thing that you ate? >> you can't tease it -- >> spicy soup right here which is at mission chinese food. and it is just delicious. it's 9 bucks. and enough to feed a family of
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four. >> you taste all 100, right? >> absolutely, frank, with a little bit of help from you! [ laughter ] >> "eye on the bay" nightly monday with myself, brian and thuy at 7 p.m. >> the diet starts tomorrow. [ laughter ] >> just in time for your birthday. happy birthday. >> thank you very much. liam mayclem from "eye on the bay." all right. liam, thank you very much. time now is 6:52. guess what, you might be driving across that new bay bridge a little sooner than expected. >> a preview of the next phase of the project and the detours and lane changes in store for drivers. and if you have a story idea or comment you would like to share with us, email that guy right there, that's brian@cbs5.com. we'll be right back.
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anne makovec is near the bay bridge to tell us wh welcome back. 6:55. the bay bridge construction project appears to be running ahead of schedule. anne makovec is near the bay bridge to tell us what changes drivers can expect. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, we are going to learn a lot more about the changes that are going to be imparted here on the new bay bridge span over the next several months. today, we are going to learn about the lane changes, the detours, that we can expect.
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of course, you can see the traffic moving smoothly there along the current bay bridge. they are going to have to move all of those lanes over to the new span between now and 2013. and as they start to work very hard on finishing up the tower as well as some of the lanes, they are going to need to start transferring some of that traffic over. so today we are going to learn a lot more about that taking a look at some video now of some of the major progress on the tower from late last year. of course, the purpose of all this, guys, make retrofitting, the cost $5.5 billion. caltrans and the bay bridge authority have been bragging about the fact that they are ahead of schedule. so today we'll learn more about exactly how far ahead they are and what we can expect here as drivers in the coming months and frank, i don't know if you have driven across it recently and seen some of the changes. >> oh, yeah. >> they have some of the signs up. it's all excite. >> it's been a few years, of course, i have been out east but grew up here and... i kind of marvel. i don't know how they do it, to
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build it right there. but it's looking good. a beautiful shot behind you, as well. thank you, anne makovec live at the bay bridge. president obama arriving in the bay area tonight. he will be meeting with tech industry heavyweights at a private dinner in san francisco. the group is expected to discuss the president's take tech agenda, jobs innovation and education. some of the guests will be mark zuckerberg as well as executives from tech giants like cisco, intel and google. the time now 16:57. -- the time now is 6:56. we have lots of rain i guess. >> lots of rain. we have some wild weather. we are beginning to see more lightning strikes showing up off the coastline. and more to come, folks, as we have another band of moisture that is beginning to make its way onshore. you see this little blinking spot right here? there is a lightning strike. this whole system going to make its way onshore and that unstable air, the possibility of some more strikes. even some strikes in parts of the north bay. you have moderate to heavy amounts of rainfall in that area now.
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yup, we have the possibility of some hail, some gusty winds under some of these thunderstorms. even some snow down to about 2500 feet here in the bay area. so it's going to be a wild weather day outside. looks like it will continue off and off throughout the day the heaviest in the morning hours couple of broken skies toward the afternoon. by tomorrow scattered showers, likely to continue into saturday before more rain makes a return to the bay area come monday. chinese new year's parade looking good. looks like they are going to sneak in through the break in the clouds and it should stay dry, partly cloudy and chilly. time for a traffic check with elizabeth. >> thank you, lawrence. we haven't really seen any new accidents in the last 15 minutes or so. chp still working numerous incidents across the bay area. sounds like most of them are off to the right shoulder now though. here's a live look at the san mateo bridge. this is the commute direction westbound 92. obviously you can see those slick surface out there and the caltrans warning sign warning of high winds. high winds in effect across all bay area bridges right now. if you are commuting towards the bay bridge toll plaza,
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using the eastshore freeway, you can see that line of really slow traffic from hercules down to berkeley. here's a snapshot taken moments ago passing ashby avenue. it's a pretty easy drive, typical drive i guess down the eastshore freeway. haven't really seen any big incidents there. in the south bay, though, looking at every red dot is a different hotspot across the bay area. the ones that have turned a question mark, those have been cleared. and out of downtown san jose sluggish. back to you. >> thank you. thank you for watching cbs 5 "early edition." we'll see you back here tomorrow bright and early- morning at 4:30. enjoy your thursday. good morning. deadly uprising. at least four people are killed in bahrain as riot police clash with protesters and another reporter is caught in the violence as cbs news obtains
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photographs of mubarak fleeing cairo. we are live with the growing unrest in the middle east. a senator's secret. massachusetts senator scott brown drops a bombshell revealing he was sexually abused at a young boy. >> he says if you tell anybody, you know, i'll kill you. >> we will hear more from the interview that is making headlines all the way to capitol hill. cola controversy. more bad news for the millions of soda drinks out there. after a new report from scientists claims the artificial coloring could cause cancer. we will tell you how safe your soda is really this thursday morning, february 17th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. i'm chris wragge. >> i'm erica hill. good to have you with us this morning. we are going to begin this morning in the middle east.

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